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William F Steuck

Military

Assigned to 429BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. On raid to Debrecen, Hungary A/C hit by direct hit and severely damaged 21-Sep-44. Trapped in his ball turret, was released by Sgt McGuire, later found that ball was 'hanging by a thread' after flak hit !! Returned to base, A/C successfully landing, its severed fuselage collapsing. RTD.
Died non battle (DNB), no details.

Awards: PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Guy Miller

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 429BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. On raid to Debrecen, Hungary A/C hit by direct hit and severely damaged 21-Sep-44. With co-pilots assistance and controlling direction with engines alone, returned to base, successfully landing the A/C, its severed...

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Units served with

  • 2nd Bomb Group

    2nd Bomb Group

    Group
    Served on antisubmarine duty for several months after the U.S. entered World War II. In October 1942 was re-designated as 2d Bombardment Group (Heavy) and earmarked for combat. The group was transferred on paper to Geiger Field, Washington, where it...

  • 429th Bomb Squadron
  • 15th Air Force

Aircraft

  • 42-38078 Sweet Pea

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 6/12/43; Savannah 23/12/43; Assigned 347BS/99BG 7/1/44; 14m transferred 429BS/2BG Amendola 28/3/44; severe battle damaged Debreczen 21/9/44 with Guy Miller, Co-pilot: Tom Rybovich, Navigator: Theo Davich, Bombardier: Bob Mullen, Flight...

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Events

Event Location Date
Born Sullivan County, NY, USA 1917
Enlisted Brooklyn, NY 11231, USA 4 May 1942

Fort Jay
Governors Island
NY, USA

Based Amendola Airfield 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 429BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF.

Returned to Duty Debrecen, Hungary 21 September 1944

On raid to Debrecen, Hungary A/C hit by direct hit and severely damaged 21-Sep-44. Trapped in his ball turret, was released by Sgt McGuire, later found that ball was 'hanging by a thread' after flak hit !! Returned to base, A/C successfully landing, its severed fuselage collapsing. RTD.

Died

Place and date of death currently unknown. Died Non Battle (DNB).

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 July 2017 12:57:53 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events
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https://www.fold3.com/page/86173259_william_f%20steuck/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/638791748_william_f%20steuck/details/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dougsheley/6043188566
http://www.2ndbombgroup.org/DOL/Defenders%20of%20Liberty%2006%20-%20pg%2...
https://dmna.ny.gov/historic/reghist/wwii/wwii_HonorList/HonorList_S.htm

Date Contributor Update
17 July 2017 11:59:00 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/86173259_william_f%20steuck/details/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dougsheley/6043188566
http://www.2ndbombgroup.org/DOL/Defenders%20of%20Liberty%2006%20-%20pg%2...

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